Elections May 2017

Elections May 2017

Surrey County Council elections 4 May 2017

On Thursday 4 May 2017, residents can go to the polls for the Surrey County Council elections.

Key dates for 4 May elections

 
 Nomination papers available   Monday 6 March 
 Notice of election  Thursday 23 March
 Delivery of nomination papers    by 4pm on Tuesday 4 April
 Statement of persons nominated      by 4pm on Wednesday 5 April
 Registration deadline    midnight on Thursday 13 April
 Postal voting deadline    5pm on Tuesday 18 April
 Proxy voting deadline    5pm on Tuesday 25 April
 Notice of poll / list of polling stations    by Tuesday 25 April
 First day to replace lost postal votes    Thursday 27 April
 Polling day    Thursday 4 May
 Counting of votes   Friday 5 May

Official notices

  • Notice of election
  • Statement of persons nominated – to be posted once available
  • Election agent notice – to be posted once available
  • Notice of poll and situation of polling stations – to be posted once available

How to stand as a candidate

Nomination papers are available from the Electoral Services Office from Monday 6 March.  Completed nomination papers must be returned by 4pm on Tuesday 4 April.  For further advice on standing as a candidate please contact Electoral Services.

Guidance for candidates and agents

How to find out more information about the candidates

The names of the candidates and the parties for whom they are standing on behalf of and the Independent Candidates will be published above under 'Official Notices' by 4pm on Wednesday 5 April.

Elmbridge Borough Council does not publish any information about the candidates' campaigns. The candidates and/or political parties may publish their own literature. The local and national media may provide information.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote is midnight on Thursday 13 April.  To vote in the 4 May election you must be registered to vote.  If you are not already registered, you can register online.  If you are unable to register online you can contact Electoral Services for a paper application form. If you are not sure whether you are registered to vote, contact Electoral Services.

Registered voters will be sent a poll card at the end of March with information about the elections. If you have not received a poll card, or you have recently moved, you may not be registered to vote.

Who can vote

To vote at these elections, you must be aged 18 or over on election day and be a British, Irish or Commonwealth citizen, or citizen of other member states of the European Union.

Your name must appear on the Register of Electors before you can vote.

Voting by post

If you are away or cannot go to the polling station on 4 May, you can apply to vote by post. If you are given a postal vote, you will not be able to vote in person at this election.  Voters with existing postal voting applications in place will be sent a postal poll card with information about the election.

The deadline for receiving new postal vote and postal proxy applications for the elections on 4 May 2017 is 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.  If you already have a postal or postal proxy vote and wish to cancel it or change any of the details, you must do so before 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.

Application form to vote by post  print a copy, complete it by hand and return it by one of the following methods:

  • scan and email your application form to us

  • return it by post

  • hand in to the Civic Centre in Esher before the deadline.

Please do not use electronic signatures as these will not be accepted.  If you are unable to print a copy of the form from our website, please contact Electoral Services for a paper version.

If you are unable to sign in a consistent and distinctive way because or a disability or inability, or are unable to read or write, you may apply for a postal vote Waiver.  Please contact Electoral Services for more information and an application form.

If you require a postal vote because you will be away on election day but are going away before they are posted around 21 April, you may wish to consider voting by proxy instead.

When will I receive my postal vote?

If you applied by 7 March to vote by post, your ballot paper will be sent around 11 April by first class mail.  If you applied to vote by post between 8 March and 5pm on 18 April, your postal vote will be sent around 21 April by first class mail.

If you have not received your postal vote by Thursday 27 April, contact Electoral Services

How do I complete my postal vote?

When you receive your postal vote, read the instructions carefully.  Your postal vote includes the ballot paper and a postal voting statement.  Complete both of these and return them straight away.  Completed postal votes need to be returned to the Deputy Returning Officer by 10pm on Thursday 4 May. If you miss the post you can hand your completed postal vote into any polling station in the Division or the Civic Centre in Esher.

If you need help to vote, you can ask someone you know or get independent help by contacting Electoral Services.

If you lose your postal vote or make a mistake, contact Electoral Services straight away.  A replacement postal vote can be issued before 5pm on Thursday 4 May.

Voting by proxy

If you will be away or cannot go to the polling station on 4 May, you can apply to vote by proxy. This means someone else can vote on your behalf. 

Completed applications must reach us before 5pm on Tuesday 25 April.  Your appointed proxy must attend your polling station to vote on your behalf.  If they are unable to attend your polling station they can apply to vote by post as a proxy before 5pm on Tuesday 18 April.  Contact Electoral Services for an application form.

Application form to vote by proxy - print a copy, complete it by hand and return it by one of the following methods:

  • scan and email your application form to us

  • return by post

  • hand into the Civic Centre in Esher before the deadline.

If you are unable to print a copy of the form from our website, please contact Electoral Services for a paper version.

If after 5pm on Tuesday 25 April you have a medical emergency or learn you cannot go to the polling station because of work reasons, you can apply to vote by emergency proxy. This means someone else can vote on your behalf. The deadline for completed applications is 5pm on 4 May.

Your polling station

If you are registered to vote, a poll card will be sent to you at the end of March with further information about the election, including a map of your polling station.

Polling stations are open between 7am and 10pm on Thursday 4 May.

How to vote

Always read the instructions on how to complete the ballot paper carefully, even if you have voted before. The ballot paper lists the name of each candidate along with their party name and party logo (if any).

You are able to vote for one candidate at the Surrey County Council election. Simply put an X (a cross) next to the candidate that you wish to vote for.

More information is available at About My Vote.

Who is elected

The candidate with the most votes is elected using the first past the post system.  A total of 9 County Councillors for Elmbridge will be elected, one per Division.  Each will serve a 4 year term of office.

Results

The count will take place at Sandown Park Racecourse in Esher, at 9.30am on Friday 5 May. An announcement of the result is expected around 4pm and will be publicised at Election Results.

Any press enquiries should be directed to Communications.

More information

If you would like more information about these elections, please contact Electoral Services.

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